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Islam and the Ahmadiyya Jama'at: History, Belief, Practice (Columbia/Hurst) Hardcover – October 14, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0231700948 ISBN-10: 0231700946
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Valentine's work may be considered the most reliable introduction to the Ahmadiyya currently available... Highly recommended.



The Ahmadiyya Jama'at is a very personal book, written from the position of a participant observer. It is the first accessible study of this Muslim community and is comprehensive in its coverage of their history, beliefs, and current existence. Simon Ross Valentine offers an inside view that will be of value to non-Muslims working with Muslims, and it is a view given with great respect.

(Francis Robinson, University of London)

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Product Details

  • Series: Columbia/Hurst
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (October 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231700946
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231700948
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,812,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Homrighausen on March 26, 2014
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I read this for my Islamic Jesus course to understand the belief system of the Ahmadis, a group of Muslims who believe that Jesus didn't die on the cross, but went into a coma, woke up, and went to Kashmir as an old man to die a natural death there. The Ahmadiyya movement, founded as an Islamic reform movement in late nineteenth century India, is a very minority movement despised by Muslims worldwide. While there is some amount of scholarship on them, it is mostly focused on their social relations with other Muslims, not on their distinctive theological views. (The only other English-language study I know of on Ahmadi theology is Yohanan Friedmann's "Prophecy Continuous," also worth reading.)

Valentine has written an engrossing book that look just at Ahmadi theology, but at their position in the global scene today. A Brit, he moved to an Ahmadi neighborhood in a neighboring town to live and work among them for a few years. His Ahmadi neighbors were very inviting and friendly, all too willing to help him once he disclosed he was writing a book about their religion. He eventually went to Pakistan to visit the world leaders of the religion and get a better sense of the Ahmadi movement worldwide. I really like how he mixes personal narrative and analytical rigor to create a good primer on this understudied movement.
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